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Donegal House

Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
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Ranked #29 of 35 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015
Cathy M Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This bed and breakfast was a huge let down. It has been allowed to run down and is musty and old. We were dubious of the hygiene and couldn't wait to leave. The room was 70s decor and we struggled to relax in the bed for fear of crawlies. Breakfast was awful. Find somewhere else to stay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Came with a group of 36 in chartered bus. Friendly staff, great scenery from our room, comfortable bed, lovely walks around the complex. The only drawback was the food and slow service and lack of selection for our group. Suggestion for future large groups is to simplify the catering and do smogsboard type meals so people can help themselves and... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Stayed at Donegal House during a recent visit with my Probus Club to the South Island. We were all impressed with the friendliness of the staff, the comfortable beds and the excellent meals werved in the dining room/bar in front of a roaring fire. The Irish music videos and singalongs were also enjoyed by us, which helps early on in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This establishment could be so much more. The room was clean and the beds were comfy but the exterior and service lacking. The poor lady cooking breakfasts was also having to clear the busy restaurant as well. The outside could do with a jolly good clean-up with old chairs and rubbish in the pond. Signage outside directing visitors to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A nice surprise freedom camp for our 1st night in a campervan We were concerned at first when we found it on the Rankers App, but when we arrived, it was indeed free. The Hotel have put aside a gravel area (20 spaces at least?) for complimentary campervan overnight parking. Self-contained only, and no expectation to spend anything in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Twin queen size beds (room 40) with beautiful garden view across to the mountains. A short drive to town in a pastoral setting. Heavy on the Irish theme which is OK bearing in mind the owner's history from the old country. Value is good compared to in-town offerings. No wi-fi in room, but free in bar/restaurant area

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

As the name implies the Donegal House Hotel/Motel has a strong Irish theme. It is set in beautiful grounds with a couple of ponds well populated by ducks. Our room was very comfortable and everything worked. The restaurant/bar is well stocked and there is Guinness on tap (though it wouldn't win any prizes in Temple Bar!). The menu is good... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Called in for dinner - had memories of delicious Blue Cod in the past - however this time Blue Cod tasted like it may have been frozen, roast potatoes were dry ( stuck in your throat) ... hoping it was just an off night! Must say though the female staff were great, a good group venue.

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